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Looking at Yarns in a New Way

Class Description

There is no bad yarn, just yarn looking for a good purpose

Whether you shop for yarn at a local yarn store, over the internet, or even in your own stash, this workshop will help you ask the right questions and choose wisely.

Learn what to look for in a yarn and how to judge with more confidence whether a particular yarn will be successful in your intended project. Like a treasure hunt, you will practice assessing a yarn's characteristics and conducting tests on it in an organized fashion. We will play with a variety of yarns during class, and you will complete a personal set of yarn reference cards for ideas and future yarns you wish to compare.

Confused about what the different yarn weight designations mean, what "count" means, wraps per inch, or the various yarn structure terms such as ply, S-twist, Z-twist, boucle, cabled, etc.? And why should you care? Are you concerned about using singles yarn for fear of skewing or being too fragile? Do you wonder what size knitting needle to choose for the gauge with your yarn? Do you have a mystery yarn that you don't know what it is made of?

  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Students bring sample of their favorite yarn(s); yarn(s) you would like to use but are unsure of their approriateness; knitting needles in various sizes; pencil or pen; ruler; scissors; hand spindle (optional - if you have one).
  • Additional student materials fee: $10 per student (includes class workbook and several yarn samples to try).
  • Duration: 2 - 6 hours. In the longer session, we get into more depth and examples, and will even learn how to combine yarns to make unique designer yarns. Great for people with yarn stashes!

Interested in scheduling?

Contact Jackie E-S for availability and filling out a contract.

See Classes Offered for other knitting workshops and program seminars I offer.

References available upon request

Thank you for interest. I am here to serve you and help keep your knitting a pleasurable experience. If you have questions or need assistance with purchasing or knitting my HeartStrings patterns, let me know. Sincerely, Jackie E-S

Email address: jackie@heartstringsfiberarts.com
Phone: 678-262-6338 or 877-764-2747 (toll-free in US)
Postal address: HeartStrings, Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer, 53 Parlange Drive, Destrehan LA 70047-2133 USA

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